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Global health briefs December 2011

November / December 2011 | Volume 10, Issue 6

WHO releases list of new, emerging technologies

A compendium of new and emerging technologies that address global health concerns has been released by the WHO. The list features technologies that could solve unmet medical needs in low-resource settings.

Award for NIH Clinical Center

The NIH Clinical Center has won the 2011 Lasker-Bloomberg Public Service Award, which recognizes outstanding advances in medical research. The research hospital is being honored as a model institution that has transformed scientific advances into innovative therapies.

New edition of global health text

The third edition of the popular text Global Health has been published. Co-authors are Drs. Michael Merson of the Duke Global Health Institute, Robert Black of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Anne Mills of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Black and Merson are longtime Fogarty grantees.

WHO Mental Health Atlas 2011 issued

The new edition of WHO’s mental health survey indicates that one in four individuals will need such care in their lifetimes, but average global spending on mental health is less than $3 per capita per year and as little as 25 cents per person annually in low-income countries.

Global TB cases decline

Worldwide TB cases declined annually for the first time, according to the WHO. The number of people with TB in 2010 dropped to 8.8 million after peaking at 9 million in 2005 and the number of TB deaths fell to 1.4 million after peaking at 1.8 million in 2003.

Africa health statistics released

WHO has released the 2011 Atlas of Health Statistics for Africa.

Journal revisits mental health issue

Four years after publishing a special series on global mental health, The Lancet revisits the issue, welcoming new initiatives to close the gap between rich and poor countries but concluding many challenges remain.

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